The 7th International Meeting of OERu Partners will focus on scaling up delivery of the OERu 1st year of study.
This page provides an overview of the information that OERu partner institutions need to determine whether they are in a position to:
- Offer assessment services for transcript credit for selected OERu courses
- Recognise transfer credit for selected courses .
Partners providing assessment services and/or recognition of transfer credit for the OERu 1st year of study will be listed on the oeru.org website.
Exit qualifications for the OERu 1st year of study
The OERu has confirmed two exit qualifications for the 1st year of study:
- Certificate of Higher Education in Business (OERu), University of the Highlands and Islands. (Articulation agreements signed)
- Certificate of General Studies, Thompson Rivers University. (Final review of courses and articulation agreements in process)
Clarifying the OERu micro-course model
As an international network, the OERu must ensure transnational credit transfer. However, the course sizes that make up a year of study differ across international jurisdictions. The international standard for one year of full-time study is approximately 1200 notional learning hours. The difference in course sizes typically found in different regions is illustrated in the table below:
|Region / Country
|Number of courses
for 1 FTE year of study
|Total learning hours
To achieve a standard transfer “currency” the OERu has adopted a modular micro-course format. Each micro-course equates to 40 notional hours of learning effort. Therefore, in North America 3 micro-courses are typically required to make up a standard 3-credit course, whereas in Australia, 4 micro-courses must be completed to qualify for transcript credit for the relevant course.
The assessing OERu partner can decided to offer one assessment for the set of associated micro-courses, or alternatively provide an assessment for each micro-course. In the OERu model, learners must successfully complete 30 micro-courses for an equivalent full year of study.
The decision to implement micro-courses has enabled the OERu to partner with Edubits to offer micro-credentials for selected courses with pathways to formal academic credit.
OERu minimum viable product courses
The OERu is planning to launch the equivalent of 72 micro-courses (2,880 notional hours or 2.4 FTE years of study) as minimum viable product for the OERu 1st year of study. 80% of the open online courses have been completed (or are nearing completion) in preparation for a phased launch of the OERu 1st year of study.
Key points before reading the course table below:
- Completed means that all the course materials have been published on the OERu course site. Each course undergoes a pre-launch audit and the Mautic email campaigns must be implemented before going live. Note that instructions for the assessments, fees for assessment services etc. will be updated before the courses go live.
- Course sites: The micro-course sites column provides links to the published course materials on the course.oeru.org site. At the bottom of each page on the course site there is a “Content” link to the source materials on WikiEducator. As an open project, course content is developed openly and we adopt the open source traditions of releasing early and frequently. Bear in mind that courses that are not marked “completed” are under active development. Expect frequent changes.
- Course registration: The course registration feature on many of the OERu course sites has not been activated. A site accepting registrations will show a head graphic () in the main site navigation. The OERu will not activate the registration feature until: transcript credit arrangements have been confirmed with the assessing partners, credit transfer agreements have been signed, and a phased launch sequence of courses for the 1st year of study has been agreed by the active partners.
- Course specification / test description: Links to course specification, and /or test descriptions are provided to assist partners in determining credit transfer options.
- Residency requirements: Thompson Rivers University will have completed the two courses required to meet the residency requirements for the Certificate of General Studies. The Certificate of Higher Education in Business has been validated by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), subject to implementing a number of requirements. The UHI qualification has a residency requirement of three “modules” (i.e. 200 notional learning hours per module) that must be assessed locally by the University. UHI will assemble these courses. Once the final validation conditions have been met, the award can be advertised and learners can commence their studies with the completed OERu open course options.
- Micro-credentials: OERu micro-courses that have approved micro-credentials are indicated in the table below using the “Edubits” logo. These courses will offer digital certificates for assessed learning, and successful completion of the set of micro-courses will qualify for transcript credit for the full course.
Completion status last updated on 31 October 2018.
|Creating sustainable futures
|English for academic writing
|Regional relations in the Asia and Pacific
Introduction to regional relations in Asia and the Pacific
|World history in the modern era
|Introduction to project management
|Principles of management
|TESU / CLEP
|Principles of marketing
|TESU / CLEP
|Art appreciation and techniques
|Introduction to entrepreneurship
|TESU / OP
|Learning in a digital age
|Introduction to research methods in Psychology
|Micro-course structure TBD
|Principles of macroeconomcis
|AU / CLEP
|Principles of microeconomics
|AU / CLEP
|Introduction to Psychology
|Introduction to Business
Micro-course structure TBD.
|Introduction to customer centred business
|Micro-course structure TBD.
|Introduction to operations management
|Micro-course structure TBD.